27 Jul 2016:
Drones will be used to deliver blood in rural Rwanda from this September, using a network developed by the start-up Zipline. meanwhile the world's first drone port for cargo drones is planned for Rwanda and is expected to be finished next year. Rwanda's hilly terrain and poor roads network make drones an attractive potential solution.
Some are killing machines. Others are pesky passions of the weekend hobbyist. As such, drones have not always been welcomed in our skies. Across Africa, however, projects are being launched that could revolutionise medical supply chains and commercial deliveries, combat poaching and provide other solutions for an overburdened, underdeveloped continent.
Update on 19 Sep 2017:
Africa leapfrogs the US on delivery drones.
Tech visionaries may tantalize us with visions of instant gratification via drone delivery, but Silicon Valley has yet to deliver on such promises. Meanwhile, halfway around the globe in an African country barely the size of Maryland, drone deliveries have already taken flight-with more serious cargo than burritos.